Anyway, what's amazing is that the watch still runs! Sterling silver import marks British Import Hallmarks After 1 June 1907 all gold and silver watches imported into Britain were required to be assayed and hallmarked in a British assay office. What I can tell you is that he was from East Germany, so the references to Eastern Europe would make sense. It is always seen on gold and platinum watch cases after that date, but rarely on silver cases. A 14k gold filled case may bump up the value. Start your watch repair now, and let us know your serial number so we can source the correct watch parts for you.
Pocket watches don't tend to sell for much, even with a name like Omega on them. Personal inscriptions of strangers only devalue the watch. Rather the begining of the 20th century. It seems that although the German marks were compulsory in Germany, the German government was prepared to accept the Swiss hallmarks as sufficient evidence that the item was of the correct grade, so after assay and hallmarking at a Swiss office the manufacturer was permitted to strike the required German mark with no further checking required. We do not repair modern Omega watches.
Three standards of gold were recognised, 960, 750 and 583. You cannot use a date letter from one assay office to read a hallmark struck by a different office. According to Omega's own database you need to be logged in a watch with 39. The punch mark of a standing bear for the higher silver standard was replaced by a duck. Well, he was very thorough, and his book is regarded as the bible of silver collecting as a result. The other legal standards for gold were represented similarly: 22.
To determine the approximate age of your watch, open the case and find the serial number, usually found engraved on the movement or the case back itself, then match it up with the list on this page. Elgin watches made before the late 1930s feature serial numbers without a letter prefix, with those made after that period containing one letter. Brandt, 23 years old, began by hand assembling watches from parts produced by local craftsmen. Research Research the market for antique Omega pocket watches. Prior to this, many watches were imported to Britain before being re-exported to the Empire. I have provided a lot of examples of genuine British hallmarks on the page at.
Most collectors of hallmarked plate collect silver, for the simple reason that items made from gold such as plates, spoons and cream jugs are virtually non-existent and extremely expensive. German Crown and Sun or Moon Marks These marks of the Half Moon and Imperial Crown, Halbmond und Reichskrone, on silver, or the Sun and Imperial Crown, Sonne und Reichskrone, on gold, are often seen on Swiss as well as German made watches. But thanks for clarifying the crown logo, I didn't even suspect that it was notable. How can you tell whether hallmarks are genuine or fake? To go to my page about British hallmarks click on this link:. Cross reference the Movement number with the case number to find the time scale of when your watch was produced. Cautions about using Tables of Hallmarks When you first pick up a book of hallmarks such as Bradbury's Book of Hallmarks, you might think that it is easy to use the tables to discover all that you need to know about a hallmark.
Serial number look-up example: Let's say you have a Waltham watch with serial number 21,607,210 as shown in the photo below. This means that the presence of one of the German marks does not prove that an item was assayed and hallmarked in Germany, or that it had ever been in Germany. There are two elements to consider when determining the value of an antique Omega pocket watch: condition and demand. It would be natural to think that these marks were only stamped at a German assay office. Why are you getting it cleaned? Visit brick and mortar shops that specialize in vintage watches. Back to the of the page.
Alternatively, look on the paperwork you received with your watch or contact us for advice. British hallmarks like this were applied to all gold and silver items made in Britain, and they were also applied to some foreign watches between about 1874 and 1887 until the English watchmakers got this stopped. I have a old omega poctwatch that im trying to find out some information on it. To go to my page about British import hallmarks click on this link:. The imperial crown, the Reichskrone, within a circle representing the sun Reichskrone und Sonne was to be stamped on gold, and a crescent or half moon with the imperial crown Halbmond und Reichskrone was stamped on silver.
As a result, information displayed on this site may have inaccuracies. Back to the of the page. It requires testing the fineness of the metal and then stamping it with control marks called hallmarks that show the results. But note: only for London hallmarks. The swan shows that the item meets the minimum French legal standard for gold, and that it is therefore legal to describe it as a gold item. Swiss hallmarks such as the bear or grouse on Swiss items imported into Germany.